FASTING (4)                                                                 2 Chronicles 20:1-20

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (vv 3-4)

Fasting does not change God, His purposes, plans or standard. But it does change us. In 2 Samuel 12 is recorded the story of King David’s adultery with Bathsheba. As a result of that act, a child was conceived and born. But God decreed that the child would die and the child died. God did not change but David did. He came to an attitude of repentance and then God was able to forgive him. Thirdly, when we fast we ought to expect to be victorious overcomers in the matter upon which our accompanying prayer is focused. 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 is the story of what happened when King Jehoshaphat was faced with a hostile army invading his territory from the east. He lacked resources adequate to meet the threat: Therefore, “…he proclaimed a fast throughout Judah. He gathered together all the people so that they might ask God’s help.” (2 Chronicles 20:3-4) Jehaziel led the people in singing and praising God. Israel did not have to engage the enemy in hand to hand contact. Collective fasting was a high priority element employed in the spiritual area to gain supremacy in the realm of the physical. (2 Corinthians 10:4) Paul highlights this principle. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. His spiritual weapons include united prayer combined with fasting. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him why they couldn’t be as effective as Him in ministry, He replied that some things are achieved “only by prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29) (Stuart Robinson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, Lord Your word says when I call You will answer, when I cry You bless me with Your presence. Glory to Your Name.

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